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What gauge wire kit I need for amp

Hi I bought 200 watt pioneer amp and I dont know what wiring kit I need, can you help me out... And do the gauges really matter on the kits?
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do you plan on going any bigger later on? easier to run larger wire once then do it over. I run 1 guage for mine and i dont need it but its nice to have. you would be fine with 4 guage.
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For your 200w amp 10awg copper is more than enough.

If your going to add to your system later then 4awg copper will supply everything that the rangers electrical system can produce and then some.
You wont need anything larger unless you upgrade your alternator.

"Playing it safe" with larger wire is sort of a contradiction. Big wire usually goes hand and hand with larger fuses. Fuses which provide less protection because they are more stout and take more current from a short to blow, which means more electrical force that is able to cause damage.

to play it safe you would buy the wire that is the proper size, and choose a fuse that is just barely large enough to supply the needed current.
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For your 200w amp 10awg copper is more than enough.

If your going to add to your system later then 4awg copper will supply everything that the rangers electrical system can produce and then some.
You wont need anything larger unless you upgrade your alternator.

"Playing it safe" with larger wire is sort of a contradiction. Big wire usually goes hand and hand with larger fuses. Fuses which provide less protection because they are more stout and take more current from a short to blow, which means more electrical force that is able to cause damage.

to play it safe you would buy the wire that is the proper size, and choose a fuse that is just barely large enough to supply the needed current.
I agree! If you plan on adding more power later then 4awg will do just fine. I'm running a Zapco 6 channel that puts out about 550w and I'm running a 4awg kit from Memphis audio its a quality kit (but not as costly as JL Audio) that comes with every thing you would need to install the amp and have room for more power later. The only thing you might need is a battery terminal to hook the 4awg to your battery. Just my 2 cents!
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SonicElectronix has kits and usually rated for total wattage so there is less guessing for us guys that do not what kit to get.

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/

I agree with all of the above on go big if you intend to get a larger output amp later on but also, find out what kit you should have and go one bigger anyway; just to make sure the amp get all of the power it needs.

Don’t forget the turn on wire and the amp to head unit connector, depending on how the amp connects to the head unit.
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